LEADERSHIP TEAM

DR. HARRY GRAMMER

Founder & President

Harry founded New Earth in 2004 and has been helping to reform the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles ​County ever since. He earned his Ph.D. in Community, Liberation, & Eco-Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and is now the Board Chair of its Alumni Association. In 2017, Harry was honored as a CNN Hero, and in 2018 ​he was selected ​as one of 20 inaugural Obama Foundation Fellows from over 20,000 applicants in 191 countries. He brings his leadership and lived experience, with a background in teaching arts and advocacy to systems-impacted youth, to his continuing work as a nationwide activist and educator.

YANA SIMONE GRAMMER

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President

Yana co-founded New Earth with Harry in 2004 and has played a key role in growing our organization from a vision to the impactful non-profit that we are today, having served more than 20,000 young people in Los Angeles County. Prior to New Earth, Yana developed her business acumen in the consumer product and personal growth industries – managing and scaling organizations; building, leading, and training teams; and being involved in all areas of business development from marketing to sales to administration. She is a Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) Fellow.

TIA MAGEE

Executive Director

Tia joined New Earth in 2021 as Executive Director, after dedicating the past 20 years to encouraging, motivating, and providing positive environments for youth through her leadership roles at other youth-centered organizations and as the founder of Mountain Top, Inc. Tia’s life story will soon be portrayed by Jada Pinkett Smith in a Netflix film currently in production called Redd Zone. The film chronicles the aftermath of the tragic murder of one of her sons’ closest friends, when Tia housed her sons and 17 of their football teammates simultaneously, to help them heal, ensure their safety, and build camaraderie. 

SELAM MEKONEN

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE & COMMUNITY

Selam is the Director of Social Enterprise & Community Engagement and joined New Earth in 2019. Born to an Eritrean family and raised in Germany, she is a visual artist and educator who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University, with an emphasis in sculpture and art history. She is a Los Angeles gallery owner and received special congressional honors for her participation in the Women’s Initiative Business Program. Selam is a mother who is passionate about cultivating the minds of youth through art and committed to serving our members by modeling creative and holistic approaches to growth and transformation.

LEETARSHIA HARRIS

Clinical Program Manager

Lee is our Clinical Program Manager and joined New Earth in 2021. She was born and raised in the heart of Chicago and has been a youth advocate for more than two decades. Her relatable life experiences and her transparent approach to mentorship and coaching have influenced and guided many young people toward a new path to success. Lee has worked as a youth leader in several ministries, at a behavioral residential academy, and as a high needs case manager at a community-based agency. She truly believes that every child deserves an opportunity to have a happy, safe, and fulfilled life. Lee is an author, small business owner, plus-sized model, mother, and grandmother. 

ANTHONY PARHAM, LMFT

Clinical program advisor

Anthony joined New Earth in 2021 as our Clinical Program Advisor and is a LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist). Over the past decade he has served young people in various capacities includingthrough nonprofit management, agency and family training, grant writing, county contract navigation, bereavement counseling, and as a member of the CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) Board. Anthony believes that exploring the narratives of individuals and highlighting points of resiliency can empower and increase self-esteem for those he collaborates with therapeutically. He is the founder of Circle of Life Therapies, which connects with marginalized youth and families of color who cannot sustainably afford therapeutic support. 

 

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